John Francis Howells


Surgeon-Lieutenant; Royal Navy (attached 19th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps)

Died of illness: 6th November 1918, France

John Francis Howells was born on 21st April 1893 in Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, to John and Elizabeth Howells. His father was a physician and surgeon, which doubtless influenced his own life. He attended Llandovery College and University College, Cardiff, qualifying as a surgeon.

In 1917 he joined the Royal Navy as a temporary surgeon and served aboard HM Sloop Crocus in the Mediterranean. In 1918 he was attached to 19th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps, treating the wounded on the Western Front. He returned home briefly that August to marry Dora Miles in St Isan’s Church – the only Llanishen link we can find for him so far. Back in France, he contracted pneumonia and died aged 25 on 6th November, five days before the war came to an end.

John Francis Howells is buried in Awoignt Cemetery in France and is also commemorated in St Isan’s Church.